March 2008

March 2008

Workshop to focus on Medicaid

CHAMPAIGN – Confused by the changes in the state Medicaid program and where to find a doctor who will accept your Medicaid card?

Several local organizations and the state agency overseeing doctor assignments under the revised Medicaid system will explain the changes and help get enroll Medicaid patients with local doctors, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Fire breaks out in downtown Danville building

DANVILLE – Firefighters were hosing down adjacent buildings trying to prevent the spread of a fire at one downtown Danville building.

They planned to cut the power to some downtown Danville properties as the building on North Vermilion Street burned late this morning. The Vermilion County Courthouse was to be closed this afternoon because of the fire.

Free, daylong seminar will demonstrate Mathematica program

CHAMPAIGN – Business owners and researchers will get a chance to see how to run gridMathematica on the Windows HPC server at a free seminar next Tuesday.

The daylong seminar, hosted by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, will demonstrate how those systems work together to solve numeric and symbolic problems in science, engineering, finance and research. It's targeted toward anyone interested in learning how parallel computing can benefit those fields.

Local physician will 'champion' cancer program

URBANA – Dr. Christopher Lansford, a Carle Clinic physician, has been appointed the new liaison between the cancer program at Carle Foundation Hospital and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Lansford, a specialist in otolaryngology and head and neck surgical oncology, will be part of a national network of doctors who provide leadership to their organizations' cancer programs and help keep them on track with Commission on Cancer initiatives.

That time of year: Reading, writing and RIFing

RIFing sounds like such a fun word – like jamming and chatting, it's one of those words that implies some great conversation, words bouncing off one another.

But for school staff, it's a dirty word, an acronym for annual frustration.

Assessor: His budget was cut as result of dispute

DANVILLE – The Danville Township assessor claims a $29,000 cut in his annual budget is the result of an ongoing dispute over the tax assessment of manufactured homes in Danville Township, and the decrease would force him to lay off staff.

In a news release Tuesday, Danville Township Assessor Bill Kizer expressed concern over the proposed cut to his budget, which will be considered during the Danville Township Board of Trustees meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the township building, 101 W. North St., Danville.

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at today's 7 p.m. women's basketball game against Marquette:

Loda board to detail property guides

LODA – In an effort to create consistent enforcement of the village's nuisance ordinance, members of the Loda Village Board will meet Tuesday to discuss the guidelines all property owners must abide by.

"The board members want it to be more specified what they're looking for, as far as property cleanup," said President Carol Arseneau. "They want to set guidelines so it's fair for everybody ... You don't want to (penalize) one person for one thing, and then not do the same for another."

Danville officials advance budget changes

DANVILLE – The city council's public services committee approved nearly $250,000 in budget amendments Tuesday night.

The city council will consider final approval next week.

Man receives 50 years for 2-city crime spree

URBANA – An Urbana man whose desire to kill his girlfriend morphed into a two-city crime spree that included stealing a car and shooting at police and civilians was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd said her most compelling concern in sentencing Torriano Johnson, 33, was the protection of the community.